IDEA Commends White House for Executive Order Supporting CHP

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The International District Energy Association (IDEA) applauds the Obama Administration for calling for 40 new gigawatts of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) by 2020

The International District Energy Association (IDEA) commends the White House for issuing an Executive Order, "Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy Efficiency," which calls for greater deployment of combined heat and power (CHP) as a means to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy intensity and strengthen US manufacturing and industrial output.

IDEA President & CEO Robert Thornton stated, “We applaud the Administration’s leadership in urging our industry to work together to add 40 gigawatts of new CHP capacity by 2020. CHP is a proven, cost-effective approach to harnessing both useful heat and power from a single fuel source, leading to higher efficiencies, lower energy costs and reduced emissions – a triple win for the US economy.”

“IDEA has long held that CHP is vital for a truly effective ‘all of the above’ energy strategy, Thornton added. “CHP can work in all 50 states, is fuel-flexible and readily adaptive to regional conditions, and can strengthen the reliability of the grid for local communities and industry. Historically, federal and state policies have largely overlooked the energy efficiency and environmental benefits of CHP. Only recently have state policies begun to recognize the value and importance of thermal energy used for heat or process in our nation’s buildings and industry. IDEA commends the White House for galvanizing a national conversation on how we can adapt policies and share best practices to drive investment in CHP to spur economic growth and greater energy security.”

In support of the Executive Order, the US Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency released an important new report, “Combined Heat and Power: A Clean Energy Solution,” which outlines economic, environmental and energy security advantages of CHP and discusses stakeholder strategies to address the structural challenges and market opportunities for adding 40 gigawatts of new CHP capacity by 2020. According to the new DOE/EPA report, achieving this goal would: increase total CHP capacity in the U.S. by 50 percent in less than a decade; save energy users $10 billion a year compared to current energy use; save one quadrillion Btus (Quad) of energy — the equivalent of 1 percent of all energy use in the U.S.; and reduce emissions by 150 million metric tons of CO2 annually — equivalent to the emissions from over 25 million cars.

IDEA supports the Administration’s objectives to remove hurdles and enhance deployment of CHP and industrial energy efficiency through the DOE Clean Energy Application Centers. Additionally, IDEA is organizing CHP 2012, an industry conference in Houston, TX on October 15-17, 2012 to bring together industry participants from around the country.

The International District Energy Association (IDEA) is an independent, non-profit industry association formed in 1909 with headquarters in Westborough, Massachusetts which represents the interests of approximately 2000 members from 26 countries involved in operation, design, construction and optimization of district heating, district cooling and CHP (cogeneration) systems, with a majority of members in North America, as well as Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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